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Ronald Johnson – New & Improved

Written by Evan Davis Jr on March 29, 2011

One can’t open a magazine, skim a website or watch the daily news, and not hear of another celebrity having to “re-invent him/herself”. This usually comes after a movie that bombs, an album that does the same, or even upon release from rehab. Stars have to almost go through a “re-birth”; urging the public to forget what it already knows and accept a new direction.

 

Being in LA, it’s commonplace for actors, singers, talk show hosts being forced to do this, but rarely does an athlete have to. Such is the case in USC’s WR, Ronald Johnson. He went from being a highly recruited high school All-American to virtually forgotten in just 4 years. Yet, he has battled and fought through frustrations and injuries, to being a player that everyone must watch for come USC’s Pro Day and NFL Draft in April. Rojo is in the midst of re-inventing (read more…)

Scouting Report: Aldon Smith

Written by Aaron Aloysius on March 27, 2011

Aldon Smith

 

Position: DE School: Missouri Height: 6’4 1/4" Weight: 263 lbs Class: RS-Sophomore 40 time: 4.74 All-Star Game: n/a Team Captain: No Draft Projection: Mid 1st Round

 

Summary

Aldon Smith opted to declare after a difficult and somewhat disappointing redshirt sophomore season. The long and lean pass rusher suffered a fractured fibula, which kept him out of a few games and forced him to play through pain. That said, the toughness he showed should earn him plaudits from NFL decision-makers, who’ll also appreciate his 35 3/8” vines for arms, strong hands, and good 1st step. While he hasn’t proven that he can consistently bend the edge as a pass rusher, Smith has shown the ability to beat offensive tackles both inside and out, and he does plenty of damage when he kicks inside on passing downs. Add in his unrefined but promising coverage skills, (read more…)

Scouting Report: Gabe Carimi

Written by Chad Davis on March 25, 2011

Gabe Carimi

 

Position: OT School: Wisconsin Height: 6’7" Weight: 314 lbs Class: RS-Senior 40 time: 5.27 All-Star Game: Senior Bowl Team Captain: 2010 Draft Projection: Mid 1st Round

 

Summary

Gabe Carimi is another in a line of solid offensive lineman produced by the University of Wisconsin. Taking over for Joe Thomas in 2007, Carimi has played in and started 49 games in the past 4 seasons. Carimi, the 2010 Outland Trophy winner, possesses ideal size and the type of work ethic and drive NFL teams look for. The consensus around the draft community is that he will ultimately be a right tackle in the NFL. While that could be the case, I may be in the minority in thinking he can play left tackle at the next level if he improves his footwork and his anchor strength. Carimi should hear his name called somewhere in the (read more…)

Scouting Report: Randall Cobb

Written by Gil Alcaraz IV on March 25, 2011

Randall Cobb

 

Position: WR School: Kentucky Height: 5’10 1/4" Weight: 191 lbs Class: Junior 40 time: 4.50 All-Star Game: n/a Team Captain: No Draft Projection: Late 2nd — Early 3rd Round

 

Summary

Although he may not be the prototypical NFL wide receiver, a player with his spark and ferocity is hard to ignore. At Kentucky, he was electrifying for the Wildcat’s offense and excelled at being their go-to guy when it was crunch time. His open-field elusiveness is off the charts and he excels at making something out of nothing. To go along with all of that, his versatility is outstanding, as he played three different positions (WR, RB, QB) during his time at Kentucky. With tons of production and a skill set that doesn’t come around very often, Cobb will find a new home sooner rather than later. I project that he will be taken (read more…)

Scouting Report: Marcell Dareus

Written by Will Spencer on March 25, 2011

Marcell Dareus

 

Position: DT School: Alabama Height: 6’3 1/8" Weight: 319 lbs Class: Junior 40 time: 4.93 All-Star Game: n/a Team Captain: No Draft Projection: Top 5 Pick

 

Summary

Disruptive is the first word that comes to mind when watching Dareus play. Dareus possesses ideal size and weight for the defensive tackle position and he’s surprisingly nimble for a man his size. His first step isn’t as quick as other prospects but he’s relentless after the snap. Dareus has a knack for making plays when it matters most and playing in Alabama’s 3-4 defense gives him an added bonus of versatility that other prospects don’t have. He is probably best suited to play as a 1-gap DT but his combination of size and strength along with his experience in the 3-4 make him a potential 5-technique defensive end in the NFL. Dareus could potentially be the (read more…)

Scouting Report: Johnny Patrick

Written by Aaron Aloysius on March 25, 2011

Johnny Patrick

 

Position: CB School: Louisville Height: 5’105/8" Weight: 191 lbs Class: RS-Senior 40 time: 4.59 All-Star Game: Senior Bowl Team Captain: No Draft Projection: Early 4th Round

 

Summary

Like many other players in the Louisville program, Patrick significantly improved his play last fall. The tough, aggressive corner became more of a ball-hawk while continuing to be strong against the run. Though teams will appreciate his growth as a player, his tight hips and deficiencies in man coverage could limit his effectiveness at the next level. He may appeal primarily to teams that play a lot of zone coverage. Despite a disappointing slow 40 at the Combine, Patrick has the upside to become a starting corner in the league, but he needs to refine his overall game. Additionally, his arrest last summer could prove to be an issue for some teams.

 

Ball Skills

Patrick significantly (read more…)

Scouting Report: Derek Sherrod

Written by Chad Davis on March 25, 2011

Derek Sherrod

 

Position: OT School: Mississippi State Height: 6’5 3/8" Weight: 321 lbs Class: Senior 40 time: 5.20 All-Star Game: Senior Bowl Team Captain: 2010 Draft Projection: Late 1st Round

 

Summary

Derek Sherrod is a versatile, experienced offensive tackle with 47 career games played including 35 starts. He has played with a great level of consistency in his career at Mississippi State, and his high character personality and attitude earned him team captain in 2010. If he continues to develop and improve, and all indications are he is a hard working and willing learner, Sherrod could be one of the better offensive tackles in this class. He has the versatility to play on the right or left side, but projects best as a starting left tackle in the NFL.

 

Pass Blocking

Sherrod possesses good arm length (35 3/8”) and a great initial first step (read more…)

Scouting Report: Torrey Smith

Written by Aaron Aloysius on March 24, 2011

Torrey Smith

 

Position: WR School: Maryland Height: 6’0 7/8" Weight: 204 lbs Class: RS-Junior 40 time: 4.41 All-Star Game: n/a Team Captain: 2010 Draft Projection: Early 2nd Round

 

Summary

A burner with exceptional speed, Torrey Smith tortures defensive backs with his ability to beat them downfield. He actually plays faster than the 4.41 40 time, getting separation on vertical routes and racing past coverage units as a kick returner. As a speedy Maryland product, Smith draws comparisons to disappointing Raiders receiver Darrius Heyward-Bey, but they aren’t all that similar. With his inconsistent hands and below average route running, Smith does struggle some in the areas that Heyward-Bey is woefully deficient in, but Smith’s weaknesses are far less pronounced. More importantly, he has the drive and work ethic to refine the rougher aspects of his game. If he does, he could be a very good #2 receiver (read more…)

Gil’s Greatness Grades 2011: Quarterbacks

Written by Gil Alcaraz IV on March 23, 2011

Well it’s pretty obvious, at least in my opinion, that there is no clear-cut head of this quarterback class. There are, however, several prospects who have the potential to be quality starters in the NFL. Each prospect seems to have a glaring hole or two that, if improved upon, could be the difference between a franchise quarterback and career backup.

 

1. Blaine Gabbert, Missouri: Despite several question marks, Gabbert definitely has the skills to get the job done effectively and efficiently at the next level. Sure, he doesn’t have a rocket for an arm and he spent the last couple of years working out of a spread offense, but all of the physical and mental tools are present. Add in some outstanding athleticism, and you’ve got a pretty well-rounded quarterback who could definitely be a difference-maker for an offense that is looking for a young (read more…)

Scouting Report: Jordan Todman

Written by Rob Engle on March 23, 2011

Jordan Todman

 

Position: RB School: Connecticut Height: 5’8 7/8" Weight: 203 lbs Class: Junior 40 time: 4.40 All-Star Game: None Team Captain: No Draft Projection: Third Round

 

Summary

In today’s NFL, most teams use running back’s in a rotational way since it’s so hard for just one guy to carry the load for an extended period of time. In a way, this makes backs like Todman very valuable to NFL Teams. Todman is a smaller, shifty back with elite vision and quickness. He’ll find success in the NFL by being a change of pace back with big play potential.

 

Inside Runner

As an inside runner, Todman isn’t the best. He needs to have more patience and wait for a hole to open before he runs into the backs of his blockers. He isn’t quite strong enough to break the arm tackles of bigger defensive lineman.

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